Some past projects, #4: Shop projects

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Blog entry by Silverhill posted 04-29-2015 09:39 PM 1987 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Being new to woodworking, shop projects are a large part of my efforts as new tools come into the shop and the shop becomes more of a shop than a garage. I am refurbishing one wall at a time, so please keep that in mind when an unfinished wall comes into view.

This was an early project to get my clamps out of the way. It was just a simple box placed on said unfinished wall. please excuse the trailer park curtains. They have been replaced now with the mini blinds. :)

This is the second tool cart. It has a new miter saw attached to it now, but still has the small power tools on the lower shelf. Plans are for a shallow drawer up top, and a deeper one for the power tools under it.

After having my lumber piled on the floor for so long, I finally built a rack for it. I looked at all of the popular racks like Steve Ramsey’s but most were more involved than i wanted to invest in, time or money. I am going to put a third layer on it, just a half length, for my cut offs.

This is the first tool cart. as you can see from my photos, I like to get multiple tools on each cart. I also put everything on casters. My wife says I am the king of casters because I stockpile them when I buy. Why not, it takes 4 per cart. On this one is my Craftsman bandsaw, my Rebel router table, and my HF combo sander. Also, shoe box storage below. I love this Rebel router table. It has a cast iron top, with miter and split fence, and cast aluminum framework. At a bit over $200, it was the most economical way to have a router table as opposed to building one from scratch, which I may do eventually using the cast iron top from this one.

I don’t normally like things from HF, but I read about 50 reviews on it and knew that it’s shortcoming were things that could easily be fixed, plus it used 6” stick on paper for the disc sander, which I happen to have a lot of from my auto body days.

The bandsaw is a Craftsman rebranded Rikon, so I got a better saw than I paid for, considering it was on sale and I used my Sears points for further discounting.

-- 1st Cor. 15:1-4

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#1 posted 04-30-2015 06:21 PM

Gonna steal that lumber rack design and put a workbench top on it… I need to get my lumber the floor as well and I need a work bench. Thanks for the idea.

-- Gary

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#2 posted 04-30-2015 08:06 PM

Those are all nice projects for your shop. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 04-30-2015 08:22 PM

Gary—-My only advice if you do make one is to use larger casters. When it is fully loaded with wood, it is pretty hard to move around on those 4” casters.

Charles— Thanks for the kind words. The tool carts were pressed into service before they were completely done. I want to add some drawers on the lower level.

-- 1st Cor. 15:1-4

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#4 posted 05-01-2015 03:22 AM

You may want to store your lumber end grain vertical in the rack,that way when you need the bottom board,which other one would it be?you don’t have to unload the whole cart to get to it.

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#5 posted 05-01-2015 10:58 AM

Daddywoofdawg—Thanks for that tip. That’s what I like about this site, I learn constantly. it had not occurred to me to stack them vertically. Duh!

-- 1st Cor. 15:1-4

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#6 posted 08-05-2015 03:39 AM

I have an update coming on the miter saw cart. I am adding folding wing extensions on both sides, and maybe even add the two drawers to it to keep the smaller power tools out of sight.

i have also upgraded the electric circuits in the shop with four 220 outlets, one for future expansion adding a DC system, one with a switch for the air compressor, one for the table saw, and one for the welder.

-- 1st Cor. 15:1-4

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